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July 7, 2003

Vol.189 / No.1
The EditorsJuly 07, 2003

Generations of college freshmen have puzzled over the ancient notion of the “noble lie.” “If anyone at all is to have the privilege of lying,” Socrates suggests in Plato’s Republic, “the rulers of the state should be the persons; and they, in their dealings either

Our readersJuly 07, 2003

War Theory

This letter is in reference to Unjust War, Good Outcomes (5/19), by John F. Kavanaugh, S.J. The recondite philosophical analysis of just war theory in the case of Iraq ranks close behind the angels dancing on the pin issue. Why not ask how many Iraqis need to be raped

Brennan OJuly 07, 2003

In the winter of 1951-52 Caroline Gordon had a vision of the triumph of Catholic writing in the United States Flannery O rsquo Connor rsquo s novel Wise Blood which Gordon had recently read in proof was about to be published A manuscript novel sent to her by a Louisiana convert seemed even more

Patrick J. SchiltzJuly 07, 2003

Since early 2002, the legal world has become much more dangerous for the church than it was previously. The future looks bleak because of three major developments in the sexual abuse crisis. The first major development is that more sexual abuse cases will be filed against the churchthat is, the numb

The Word
Dianne BergantJuly 07, 2003

The Roman Catholic Church has a long tradition of characterizing its leaders as shepherds The bishop rsquo s or abbot rsquo s crosier despite any ornate decoration really represents the shepherd rsquo s crook This characterization can also be seen in many liturgical prayers and some theological

Gerald W. SchlabachJuly 07, 2003

Virtually every Christian tradition is trying to have it both ways on war. Twenty years ago the U.S. bishops published The Challenge of Peace, which explicitly paired just war and pacifism as legitimate Christian responses to war. Three years later, Methodist bishops in the United States made a simi

Of Many Things
George M. AndersonJuly 07, 2003

Walking down a dark street in the Bronx is not something most Manhattanites do without a good reason, but I had one. I was on my way to visit POTS—the acronym stands for Part of the Solution. In embryo form, POTS began some three decades ago to serve low-income residents in that section of New